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Published: Wednesday August 1, 2007 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday July 7, 2013 MYT 3:42:11 PM

Mother knows best, diver Bryan pulls out of world series

PETALING JAYA: Diver Bryan Nickson is heeding his mother's advice and has pulled out of the FINA Diving World Series next month. 

He has opted to forego the chance to become the first Malaysian to feature in the three-leg Series because the dates clash with the SPM trial examinations at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). 

The 17-year-old will be sitting for his SPM examinations at the end of this year and Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary, Edwin Chong, said that it was unfortunate that Bryan had to pass up the opportunity.  

The first leg of the Series will be held in Sheffield from Sept 1-2 before moving to Mexico City (Sept 7-8) and Nanjing (Sept 15-16). 

The Series offer a total prize money of US$96,000. Qualification is by virtue of finishing among the top eight in the individual platform and springboard events of the World Championships in Melbourne in March. 

Bryan was placed seventh in the men's 10m platform final and it also earned him a place in the Beijing Olympics next year. 

The men's 3m springboard synchronised pair of Rossharisham Roslan-Yeoh Ken Nee did not qualify for the Series, which offer six places to pairs. They finished seventh in Melbourne. 

“Bryan's mother felt his education was more important and do not want him to skip the trial examinations,” said Edwin. 

“In fact, he has already skipped a month of studies to train with the national team in Kunming and he cannot afford to miss more classes.” 

Bryan will return home next week before heading to Jakarta for the Asian age-group aquatics championships, which will be held from Aug 7-11.  

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